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Re: Value of a 1873 Springfield gun

Posted by Al Hearn on Sunday, 13 June 2010, at 11:34 p.m., in response to Value of a 1873 Springfield gun, posted by Ed on Sunday, 13 June 2010, at 6:02 p.m.

I'm a newbie here and I know some of the regulars here will help you out, but I know from my own experience that the condition of the rifle is extremely important to determining the value of your gun.

How much of the original bluing is left on the barrel and other parts? Is there rust or pitting? How is the condition of the wood? Cracks, dings, repairs? Are the original wood cartouches and barrel markings still visible? Is there evidence of repairs or refinishing? Are all the parts still on the gun? Anything missing? Are the parts original to the gun? How is the bore -- bright and shiny or dull and pitted? Does the action work? Is it tight with no wobble?

If you could post some pictures on a web site such as Photobucket and list the URL address here, that would help tremendously.



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